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Kino's Journey Novels Get 1st Manga Adaptation Next Month

posted on by Karen Ressler
Novel series launched in 2000; inspired anime, spinoff manga

This year's March issue of Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge announced on Friday that Iruka Shiomiya will launch the first manga adaptation of Keiichi Sigsawa's Kino no Tabi - the Beautiful World (Kino's Journey) light novel series in the April issue on March 17. The March issue published a five-page preview chapter. Sigsawa is listed as the original creator and the novels' illustrator Kouhaku Kuroboshi is credited with the character designs.

Sigsawa began serializing Kino's Journey in ASCII Media Works' Dengeki HP in 2000, and Kadokawa shipped the 20th volume in October. The novel was adapted into a 13-episode anime in 2003, and movies premiered in 2005 and 2007. Sigsawa also published a spinoff series of novels titled Gakuen Kino about Kino as a high school girl from 2006 to 2011. A manga adaptation of Gakuen Kino launched in Dengeki G's Festival Comic in 2010.

The story follows the travels of Kino, a young adventurer who rides a talking motorcycle named Hermes. They explore the people and cultures of different places throughout their adventures, spending only three days at each location.

Tokyopop published the beginning of the original novel series in North America. ADV Films released the television anime adaptation.

Image via Keiichi Sigsawa's Twitter

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